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Members of the staff at Lompoc Valley Medical Center's Comprehensive Care Center pose for a photo in 2016. The facility is set to host a free nurse training program this spring.

Lompoc Valley Medical Center is accepting applications for a free nurse training program that is scheduled to begin this spring at its Comprehensive Care Center.

The educational effort is a way to give students a diverse and comprehensive education and, if desired, provide a career path to nursing, according to an LVMC spokeswoman.

The certified nursing assistant (CNA) course includes eight weeks of classes and training. There will be an additional two mandatory weeks of side-by-side companion training with a staff CNA at the skilled nursing facility prior to the start of coursework.

Students will be paid the minimum wage of $11 per hour while attending classes.

Applicants must be high school graduates or at least 18 years old and will need to successfully complete LVMC reference and background checks. If chosen for the program, applicants must also complete a pre-employment physical exam, including a drug screening, and provide documentation of ability to legally work for LVMC.

Students must attend three days of classes each week of the program and complete 160 hours of theory and clinical education.

The classes will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The two weeks of companion training will occur during weekdays, with schedules varied to include daytime, evening and night shifts.

Classes are anticipated to begin in April. The program will accept 15 students.

The instructor will be Director of Staff Development Myralda Hulsizer, while Director of Nursing Riitta Speer will be the program director.

During on-site classroom training, students will have a chance to learn all aspects of patient care, through lectures and via hands-on demonstrations. Students will then have clinical training, working directly with patients in the facility.

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Course subjects will include application of body mechanics; bed making; catheter care; oxygen therapy; physical restraints; postmortem care; residents’ rights; vital signs; nutrition intake and output; infection control; patient hygiene care; sensory loss and more.

The LVMC training program is expected to help prepare each student for eligibility for state board testing and, eventually, employment as a nursing assistant.

The 2017 Comprehensive Care Center Nursing Assistant Training Program had a 100-percent passage rate on the California State Certification exam, according to LVMC.

Applications for the training program are available at under the “Careers” heading. Updates will be posted as available on the LVMC website and Facebook page.

For more information, contact Hulsizer at 875-8921.